By Kalpa Srivats
A attention-grabbing examine 5th Century India and the production of the Buddhist Cave paintings at Ajanta
The tale starts off at the day of Buddha-Poornima, a sacred day for Buddhists, within the 5th century CE. The protagonist Nandhini Devi, a captivating woman in her 20s, encounters a soothsayer in her village and is at a loss for words by way of his predictions. unexpected situations placed her in a Buddhist monastery the place she will get distinct therapy from its head-monk, Buddhabhadra. The drama intensifies as she is distributed to a royal palace to engage with the powerful Vakatakas. The plot unfolds throughout the interactions of the head-monk with the royal family members, ministers, feudal kings and the lady. Unraveling her mysteries and pleasing the venture of the Buddhist monk (bikshu) turn into the crux of the plot. Buddhist monastic lifestyles and the construction of the Buddhist cave-art at Ajanta, an international historical past Monument of UNESCO, shape the backdrop for the drama.
This artwork ancient novel areas its fictional narrator in a correct historical atmosphere. 5th century CE Jambudvipa, now India, marks the waning of the good Guptas and the apogee of the Vakatakas. Embedded within the socio-political weather are the cultural phenomena of India's religions and arts.
Nandhini Devi is stuck within the politics of 3 kingdoms: the Vakatakas, the Guptas, and the Asmakas. The turbulent political scenario propels an immense conflict with the blameless woman at its heart. Does she emerge unscathed or ruined by way of the political forces? Is she falling for the pleasures of royal existence or leaning in the direction of the country sobriety of a Buddhist monastery? eventually, who's she? merely the bikshu knows!
This luxurious publication is richly illustrated and decorated with various full-color photos that support inform this remarkable story.
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Ajanta: A Monk's Mission & a Maiden's Mystery! by Kalpa Srivats